WORDS THAT USE -LEPSY
What does -lepsy mean?
The form -lepsy is based on the Greek lêpsis, meaning “seizure, grasping” and formed from the verb lambánein, “to seize.” This verb also helped form the Greek word epilēpsía, ultimate source of the English epilepsy.
Examples of -lepsy
One example of a medical term that features –lepsy is narcolepsy, “a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.”
The first part of the word, narco-, means “stupor” or “state of drowsiness” (narcosis). The second part, -lepsy, means “seizure,” as we have seen. Narcolepsy literally translates to “a seizure of stupor.”
What are some words that use the combining form -lepsy?
What are some other forms that -lepsy may be commonly confused with?
Break it down!
Catalepsy is a medical term for when someone is unconscious and rigid. Based on the meaning of -lepsy, what is catalepsy generally characterized by?